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women, and they preferred to show their hardi-
hood by riding bareback always.

All of the smaller children,, except those in the
carrier bags5 were put on ponies by the mothers,
who told us boys to tie them there while they got
out their buffalo knives and sharpened them for
the hunt. We took the feet of the little ones and
pushed them under the cinch-band^ so that they
were held tightly against the horse's withers; and
then we took a piece of rawhide and tied them
there so that they wrould not work out when the
horse should trot.

Our fathers gave us boys a bunch of ponies we
had taken from the Crows and told us to make
bridles and get on them. When we did they
started to buck and throw us off. We kept climb-
Ing back on them? and they kept throwing us to
the ground and taking a flying kick at us. Our
fathers, already mounted with their guns, w?ere all
yelling at us:

'Akakimat! Akakimat!—$t&j with it! Stay
with it!'

Ponies were bobbing up and down all over the
place, and we boys were hurtling through the air
and hitting the ground with a grunt and a laugh.
We were having great fun. But the girls com-
menced to laugh at us and shout: 'Kipitakkieks!
Kipitakkieks!—Old women! Old women!' This
peeved us—to be called 'old women'—and we